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Christmas Tree Safety Tips for your Pet

Oh, Christmas Tree….Oh Christmas Tree…. Christmas Tree Safety Tips and Other Ways to Keep Your Tree Standing!

The Christmas Tree is the Centerpiece of the Christmas Season. With the holidays upon us there will be lots of decorating and holiday themed functions taking place.  One of the many special things that a lot of us do at Christmas is to decorate a tree.  If you have pets however, this can pose a challenge.  Your pets love the Christmas Tree too –just maybe not for the same reasons as you!

Christmas tree safety tips:

There are a few things you can do in order to keep the holidays safe and sound for both your tree your pets alike!

  • Carefully place the lights on your tree with your pet in mind. Pets are curious.  Do not put the lights on the bottom branches.  Your pet can get tangled in the lights, get burned and even be tempted to chew on them.
  • Keep ornaments out of the way. Again, with your pet’s curiosity on high alert, they may see an ornament as a toy that is just begging to be played with.  These beautiful ornaments can be potential choking hazards, can cause intestinal blockages if chewed, as well as cuts should any pieces become broken.
  • If your family chooses to select a live tree each year, keep the area free of pine needles. They can puncture your pet’s intestines should they inadvertently swallow them and that’s in addition to possible vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Tinsel is pretty, it glistens and glows in the nighttime against the lights, however if your pet ingests tinsel it can block their intestines. Intestinal blockage of this nature would lead directly to surgery.  That’s one sure fire way to put a damper on Christmas.
  • If your pet is a climber or a jumper you may want to secure the tree and place it in an area safe from their jumping skills. Some people suggest placing a few sprigs of aluminum foil throughout the tree or a few empty water bottles out.  The sound may startle him and serve to remind him that this is not a tree to be messed with!

Remember, these Christmas Tree Safety Tips when decorating and try to look at the big picture through the eyes of your pet.  A perfectly place and decorated tree should keep all members of the family safe – even the four legged ones!

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